Caravaggio found in French attic

By Maria Martens Serrano - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Caravaggio found in French attic

In a recent wave of re-discovery, a painting believed to be by Caravaggio has been found in a dusty attic in France.

Caravaggio found in French attic

In a recent wave of re-discovery, a painting believed to be by Caravaggio has been found in a dusty attic in France.

The painting was actually discovered two years ago, according to The Guardian, but has been under examination since then. Now, it appears as though sufficient support has been obtained with regards to its authenticity, leading to the public announcement of this finding.

The painting depicts the beheading of the general Holofernes by Judith, a scene from the Book of Judith. Experts estimate it was painted in the early 1600’s, and all agree that it is a masterpiece. Although the painting is made in the Italian master’s unmistakable style, style in itself can not prove its authorship. Nonetheless, the French culture ministry has placed an export ban on the piece, forbidding it from leaving French soil for the next 30 months, as more tests are carried out.

Price estimates have already soared over €100m – a number which reflects the growing faith in the authenticity of the painting as a true Caravaggio. In such cases, it is also clear that the story itself – finding a long lost masterpiece in a forgotten attic –adds to the value of a painting.



Maria Martens Serrano is a Dutch-Salvadoran writer. She studied under a liberal arts program at University College Utrecht, going on to graduate with an MSc in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam. Exploring a broad range of interests, Maria previously worked with a news website and a human rights NGO, before becoming involved with several art fairs in the Netherlands. She now writes on topics of arts and culture. In early 2015 Maria joined the team of Artdependence Magazine as editor and contributor.

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